(The Root) — Twitter continues its communal viewing of the George Zimmerman murder trial, and while it was inevitable that the people charged with defending Zimmerman would be seen as heartless bullies by those rooting for justice in the form of a guilty verdict, today a hero emerged in the form of medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao, the man who performed Trayvon Martin’s autopsy.
On the stand, Dr. Bao pushed back against any effort the defense made to mold or reinterpret his answers. Media covering the trial referred to Dr. Bao as “rogue” and “combative,” but Twitter saw a man who stuck to his guns and refused to be railroaded.
It wasn’t long after Dr. Bao took the stand that #BaoDown became a world trending topic, used to mark tweets championing the medical examiner’s testimony. Check out a few of them below.
Dr. Bao is my favorite witness now. #BaoDown
— Ellie Propper (@E_Propper) July 5, 2013
— Trix Are For Kids (@MindTrixy) July 5, 2013
— Lauren Victoria (@Crewof42) July 5, 2013
— Elon James White (@elonjames) July 5, 2013
Other witnesses have had notes. Though there may be nuances in languages, Dr. Bao is clear about what the facts are. #BaoDown
— Taylor Calhoun (@CalTweep) July 5, 2013